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GM President to Speak About Company Turnaround

Mark Reuss, General Motors President of North America, will give the presentation, "The New GM," on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 9-10 a.m. The lecture will be held on the University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus in the Engineering Building High Bay. He will discuss what GM has done to help turn its company around, including GM's recent accomplishments.

Reuss joined General Motors in 1983 as a university student intern with the Noise Vibration Laboratory at the Milford Proving Ground, where he helped develop valve trains for V6 engines.

He joined the former Flint Automotive Division in 1986 as an associate car development engineer for powertrain calibration, and then became a project engineer, developing the ride and handling for many GM luxury car programs.

He joined the former Flint Automotive Division in 1986 as an associate car development engineer for powertrain calibration, and then became a project engineer, developing the ride and handling for many GM luxury car programs.

Reuss was named senior project engineer, body engineering, in 1990 and worked as a body shop product and process engineer on bodyside frame metal in the large front-drive plants, launching new body shops until 1994. He was then named total vehicle engineer of the Oldsmobile Aurora and Buick Riviera later that same year, followed by total vehicle engineer positions on the Buick Park Avenue, Buick LeSabre, Oldsmobile Aurora, and Pontiac Bonneville. Reuss was then appointed vehicle line director for crossovers, with total responsibility for the crossover programs and launch at GM's Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico.

Reuss was named executive director, architecture engineering and GM Performance Division in June 2001. He started the new GM Performance Division and launched associated production and racing vehicles. This responsibility included all production engineering in the creative design studios and concept vehicle production for auto shows.

In October 2005, Reuss was appointed executive director of North America vehicle systems and architecture. He held all release engineering responsibilities for North America vehicles in all functions of the vehicle. The following year, he was named executive director of global vehicle integration, safety, and virtual development. He had responsibility for all areas of vehicle integration/performance, safety, and math design/analysis application for GM product programs worldwide.

Reuss received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and a master's degree in Business Administration from Duke University in 1990. He is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the famed Nürburgring motorsport race track in Nürburg, Germany, and has earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.

He is member of the Horizon Upward Bound/Cranbrook Schools Board of Directors and a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors. Reuss is also GM's key executive for Penn State University.

The lecture is sponsored by UDM's College of Engineering & Science and the College of Liberal Arts & Education. It is free and open to the public.

Make your reservations for this event at community.udmercy.edu For questions, call 313-993-1540 or e-mail udmgrad@udmercy.edu

Release date: March 13,2011

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